This can provide self-published authors and their work out of obscurity and into the spotlight, to increase their chances of getting discovered and recognized by readers. ELK Press's goal is to help self-published authors get their book into the hands of more readers. Recognition from a prominent panel of judges can increase your book’s credibility, visibility, and marketability.



Check out some of these prestigious contests you are qualified to participate.


The most enduring and influential contest in the history of Science Fiction and Fantasy

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest is an opportunity for new writers of science fiction and fantasy to have their work judged by some of the masters in the field and discovered by a wide audience.

Entries in the Writers of the Future Contest are adjudicated only by professional writers. 

This Contest will run from July 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020.

Deadline is 11:59 p.m. September 30, 2020 Pacific Standard Time.

About L. Ron Hubbard


  • L. Ron Hubbard’s literary career spanned over half a century, through which he authored more than three hundred novels, novelettes and short stories. He is an accomplished artist, photographer, cinematographer, musician, songwriter, poet and writer.


  • Prizes of $1000, $750 and $500 are awarded every three months.
  • From the four quarterly 1st Place winners each year, a panel of judges select one story as the grand prize winner.
  • The writer of the grand-prize-winning story receives the L. Ron Hubbard Golden Pen Award and an additional $5000 cash prize.

Cost for Entry: $699


The most exciting and rewarding book awards program open to independent publishers and authors worldwide is now accepting entries written in English and released in 2019, 2020 or 2021 or with a 2019, 2020 or 2021 copyright date. The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group.

With over 70 categories to choose from, enter by February 12, 2021 (all books must be received in our offices by February 12, 2021) to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to have your book considered for cash prizes, awards, exposure, possible representation by a leading literary agent, and recognition as one of the top independently published books of the year!

Finalists and Winners will also receive:

  • All winners will be listed in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards Catalog which will be distributed to thousands of book buyers, media, and others!
  • Exposure for a full year as a Winner or Finalist at
  • An invitation to attend the Gala Awards Reception.
  • The opportunity to display Finalist or Winner gold award stickers on your book. Ten complimentary stickers will be given to each Winner and Finalist to get started.
  • Other benefits of an award-winning book (such as potential increased revenue).

Proud to be the largest International awards program for indie authors and independent publishers. Why should you enter the Next Generation Indie Book Awards?

  • Open to independent authors and publishers worldwide
  • Enter books with a 2019, 2020 or 2021 copyright date
  • Over 70 categories to choose from
  • Cash prizes and fabulous awards
  • Exposure of top 70 books to leading New York literary agent
  • An invitation to attend the Gala awards reception
  • Earn recognition and receive other benefits from having an award-winning book

Awards given to the Finalists and Winners of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards are:

  • $1,500 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the best Fiction Book
  • $1,500 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the best Non-Fiction Book
  • $750 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the second best Fiction Book
  • $750 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the second best Non-Fiction Book
  • $500 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the third best Fiction Book
  • $500 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the third best Non-Fiction Book
  • $100 Cash Prize and a Gold Medal awarded to the winner of each of the 70 categories
  • Finalist Medals will be awarded to up to five finalists in each of the 70 categories

There's more...

The top 70 books will be sent to be reviewed by New York literary agent Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency or one of Ms. Allen’s co-agents for possible representation in areas that could generate even more revenue for your book such as: distribution, foreign rights, film rights, and other rights (unless an entrant prefers not to have their book forwarded to the agent). Ms. Allen has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience, including serving as Senior Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Director of Marketing for Harper Collins and directing sales and marketing teams for Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books and Avon Books. Ms. Allen has had the pleasure of working with many best-selling authors including Stephen King, Ken Follett, Barbara Kingsolver, John Gray, Mary Higgins Clark, and many more.


The entry fee is per book for the first category, and $299 per category to enter the book in any subsequent category.


The IndieReader Discovery Awards (IRDAs) is a where undiscovered talent meets people with the power to make a difference.


In addition to announcement coverage in top consumer (Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal) and trade publications (Publisher’s Weekly, GoodeReader), top winners of the Discovery Awards receive

  • Kindle Paperwhites
  • IndieReader and Kirkus pro reviews
  • A custom author website
  • And most importantly, first look consideration from New York City-based literature agents, Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret


Additional Category is $299.

What makes the IRDAs so unique is their panel of judges. This panel includes:

  • A public relations professional
  • A developmental editor from Reedsy
  • The Director of Author and Publishing Relations at Amazon
  • Two editors from Kirkus indie
    All of which are well capable of recognizing great work when they see it. Entries are judged based on content, originality and writing quality.

And it’s not just the winners who benefit. Every author who enters receives a verdict, written by one of InieReaders’ professional reviewers.

The verdict can be used as a promotional blurb and is a great way to add credibility to your book on your website as well as at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and GoodReads book pages.


Created in memoriam of renowned author Eric Hoffer, the Eric Hoffer awards program honors 19 categories including Art, Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Business, Children, Young Adult, Self-Help, and others.

Prizes include a grand prize award of $2,000, as well as other medals, distinctions, and honors.

What are “Chapbooks”?

  • A chapbook is “a small book or pamphlet containing poems, ballads, stories, or religious tracts.


For Chapbooks, it's $299.

Category judges can include:

Publishing professionals such as:

  • editors
  • authors
  • agents

Literary aficionados such as:

  • librarians
  • artists
  • experienced readers
  • reviewers


Known as the IPPYs, the Independent Publisher Book Awards program is geared toward independent, university and self-published titles worldwide.

The IPPYs are advertised as the largest book awards competition, and prizes include gold, silver and bronze medals.

Award winners are:

  • Featured in a series of articles at our website which had over 80,000 unique visitors in the past year
  • Promoted in press releases sent to over 2,000 publishing industry media outlets
  • Given two free passes, valued at $300, to the IPPY gala held during BookExpo America in Chicago or New York City.
  • Sent a Winner’s Celebration Packet that includes a starter set of book seals, an official winner’s certificate, and a medal.
  • Listed in results that are permanently archived on back to 1997.
  • Featured in an average of 50 articles per year internationally.

IPPY winners enjoy many benefits. As one of the oldest, most established independent book awards in operation, the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs) are well known and respected in the book industry.


Additional book is $299.

The IPPYs accept applications in over 80 categories, including Best Regional Fiction, Best Regional Non-Fiction, Best First Book, Fine Art, Photography and many more.

Judging criteria include:

  • First Impression
  • Design
  • Originality
  • Use of Language
  • Message Delivery
  • Relevance

Judges include experts in the fields of design, editing, reviewing, library and bookselling.

Along with the sales boost that can come from an award is the personal recognition and morale boost for all those involved. The prestige of winning can inspire staff to promote the book with more enthusiasm and give the title's marketing campaign new life. Use this excitement to send out a new wave of press releases and sales pitches to a variety of potential customers. Everybody loves a winner!

Winners gain:

  • Increased visibility
  • Increased credibility
  • New material for press releases, brochures, etc.
  • Renewed enthusiasm of sales and marketing team
  • Use of stickers/logo on books, promotional materials, website, emails, back to 1997.
  • Featured in an average of 50 articles per year internationally.


Entries will be judged based on:

  • Content
  • Writing quality and the overall appearance
  • Quality of the publication


  • Grand Prize Winner Receives – $8,000 in cash
  • First Prize Winner Receives – $1,000 in cash


The Writers Digest Self-Published Book Award program is open to any self-published author.

Categories include:

  • Mainstream Literary Fiction
  • Genre Fiction
  • Non-Fiction Reference
  • Inspirational
  • Life Stories (including biographies, autobiographies, family histories, and memoirs)
  • Early Reader/Children’s Books
  • Middle Grade/Young Adult
  • Poetry


The annual Best Indie Book Award® (or BIBA™) is an international literary award contest recognizing self-published authors in major genres. Entries are limited to independently (indie) published books, including those from small presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors.

All Best Indie Book Award® winners will receive:

  • A custom, Physical Trophy displaying the Author’s Name and Book Title.
  • A digital Winner’s Emblem to use on your cover, website, social profile, and in promotions.
  • Front Page Exposure for at least one year on
  • Permanent Exposure of your book via listing on
  • Permanent Book Page on with links to where the book is available for sale.
  • Ongoing Promotion of the winning book through social mediaprint advertising, online advertising, email lists, and more. (100,000+ followers)
  • Five-Star rating on Goodreads.
  • Added to the BIBA Winners list on Goodreads.
  • Custom Promotional Images of your book for you to use.
  • Promotion across multiple websites.


The entry fee is per category per book.

Accepts submissions from all over the world, but the books must be written in English.

The Best Indie Book Award® is a legitimate writing competition. Entries will be judged based on multiple writing skills, which include story-telling ability, author’s ability to engage the reader, transitions, pacing, movement of the story, author’s skill with voice, character, dialogue, and narrative. Grammar skills will also be taken into consideration. Winning a BIBA™ is something an author can be proud of!


Not only does winning a BIBA™ feel good, but winners also gain:

  • Increased visibility
  • Increased credibility
  • Increased sales

Categories include:

  • Action/Adventure
  • Fantasy/Paranormal
  • Literary/Mainstream
  • Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
  • Non-Fiction
  • Novella/Short Story Collection
  • Romance, Science Fiction/Dystopian
  • Young Adult
  • Children

Entries are judged based on:

  • Storytelling ability
  • Engagement
  • Transitions
  • Pace
  • Dialogue
  • Grammar
  • Among others


The Author Academy Awards is an award bestowed for literary merit and publishing excellence in the writing and publishing industry. It’s given annually by Author Academy Elite (AAE) and presented at the Author Academy Awards Ceremony. The various category winners are bestowed a special award, officially called the “Academy Boon of Merit.”

The winner in each category gives an acceptance speech at the Award Ceremony. The winner in each category will also be invited to present their book synopsis at the Igniting Souls Conference main stage on the days immediately following Author Academy Awards in front of a global audience.


Author Academy Award First Prize Winners receive:

  • The Academy Boon of Merit Award
  • Press release and media story presented to their hometown press by a professional PR firm.
  • Traditional Media and Social Media press including features on select podcasts, shows, vlogs, blogs, and articles.
  • Lifetime “Your Pace” level access to ©30 Days to a Bigger Stage Experience, an online program helping authors get publicity for their book.
  • The opportunity of presenting their book synopsis on the Igniting Souls Conference Main Stage in front of a global audience for those finalists registered as conference attendees.
  • And more!

The Author Academy Awards takes place on October 23, 2020.

  • Red Carpet Sessions
  • Red Carpet Meet & Greet
  • Author Academy Awards Ceremony

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